Untitled (Rise)

SAULT - Untitled (Rise)
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #2 / 809
Year End Rank: #13
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Based on 459 ratings
2020 Ratings: #34
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The Guardian

It manages to be as lyrically unflinching as the music is compelling – not the easiest balance to achieve, as acres of terrible protest songs historically attest. You’d call it the album of the year if its predecessor wasn’t just as good.

In a little over six minutes, SAULT manage to demonstrate more excellence than other groups could muster over an album’s length.

It’s a phenomenal record, undoubtedly one of the finest to be released this year – in its mood, kineticism, and an adorned darkness, ‘Untitled (Rise)’ captures something truly remarkable about this chaotic era.

Louder Than War
Sault return in double quick time with another stab at winning the award for album of the year.
Beats Per Minute
More than writing simple protest songs, they are creating what is arguably some of the most life-affirming and confrontational music released in recent years – and all of it comes at a much-needed time.
This album is on the verge of greatness, almost there bruv. Alot of these tracks fall short for me, it can get repetitive, but the material that is here is good, flesh out these songs more and we got some certified bangers on our hands.
The second release of an unknown project in a year is beautiful in neo-soul. Oftentimes, UNTITLED (Rise) features great vocal samples, velvety vocals, gentle and elegant instrumentals.

#BestNewMusic, really.
Black rage. It's always been one of the biggest driving elements to the constant drive to protest every form of systemic racism. It's a rage that's the product of self-awareness of the reality of our standing as people in the face of the American Empire. It's a constant rage, one that erupts even within me every now and then. As put eloquently by the illustrious James Baldwin:

"To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a state of rage almost, almost all of ... read more
Lot of people here saying Rise is better than Black Is... psh you know it ain't. Sorry I wanted to get that in there. On first listen, I was quite sure that I enjoyed Rise more. Coming back to these two releases, I'm feeling the opposite as of now. SAULT's Untitled (Black Is) had moments of Afro-soul, bass-driven groove, beautiful vocal sampling, an RTJ-esque beat with Stop Dem, and a clear driving theme of Black pride. The synth-heavy moments on the latter half are awe-inspiring.

On Untitled ... read more
So, this album just became the highest rated album of the year (critic score), tied with Fiona Apple’s Fetch the Bolt Cutters so I was intrigued to check this out, to say the least. I was also really intrigued by the fact that I had never heard of SAULT prior to seeing this hit number 1 in the critic scores. After listening to this record, I’m still confused about who or what a SAULT is, and am also confused as to why this is the highest-rated album of the year.

However, I will ... read more
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Added on: September 17, 2020